Arthur Weisberg Family Applied Engineering Complex
The Arthur Weisberg Family Applied Engineering Complex is sited west of the existing Robert C. Byrd Biotechnology Center and houses six academic and research programs:
- College of Information Technology
- Mechanical & Electrical Engineering
- Mathematics & Computational Science
- Computer Modeling & Digital Imaging
- Transportation Research Corporation
- Marshall University Research Corporation (MURC)
The four-story facility is organized to promote collaboration between the university’s colleges and research corporations. Faculty offices from the six departments are intermingled to increase communication between programs. Collaboration areas outside of faculty offices are integrated with technology to promote student/faculty interaction.
A central atrium serves as a window into the building. The complex’s scale and the materials of brick and cast stone are consistent with adjacent campus architecture.
Laboratory functions include traditional wet bench biological sciences, dry technology development laboratories and applied engineering laboratories such as high-bay advanced materials testing.
The project achieved LEED Gold certification, utilizing sustainable features as teaching tools. Stormwater collected from roofs will be used for teaching and research projects and will also be recycled as graywater for some of the building’s plumbing. A green roof on the third floor will reduce the amount of stormwater discharge while providing an opportunity to study the ecological effects of stormwater and associated plantings.